Oral History Collection

MAIN ENTRY: Harbaugh, Dr. F. G.
DATE OF INTERVIEW: May 29 and June 11, 1973
LENGTH OF INTERVIEW: 3 hours, 50 minutes
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE: Dr. Harbaugh discusses his 43-year career at Texas Tech as a veterinarian and professor in the Animal Husbandry Department. He also recalls the cattle shoot of the 1930s.
TAPE ONE, SIDE ONE: Biographical information given
Education summarized
Military service in the reserves
Characterizes his brother Robert
Came to Texas Tech (1927)
Recalls first impressions of Lubbock and West Texas
Early facilities of the Animal Husbandry Department
Cites problem of brucellosis in the first dairy herd
Received complaints when dairy switched from raw
to pasteurized milk
TAPE ONE, SIDE TWO Career at Texas Tech discussed further
Lists course requirements in early animal husbandry
Early bias against veterinarians explained
Names animal diseases common in 1920s and 1930s
Salary cuts and discounted payroll warrants were
evident during the 1930s
Opinion of Dr. Paul Horn given
Texas Tech pageant mentioned
Comments on dust storms in the 1930s
Early courses in animal husbandry listed
First meat lab described
TAPE TWO, SIDE ONE: Career at Texas Tech discussed
Evaluation of caliber of students through the years
Emphasis on livestock judging in early years
Describes relations between Agronomy and Animal
Husbandry departments
Decries the disappearance of the Tech farm lands
Taught course in horse production
Dr. Bradford Knapp saved Agriculture and
Engineering Schools from elimination
TAPE TWO, SIDE TWO: Career at Texas Tech (continued)
Opinion of Dr. Clifford B. Jones stated
Change from nine-month to twelve-month
contract by Dr. Jones
Opinion of Dr. William Whyburn
Mentions Dr. Dossie M. Wiggins’ administration
Acquisition of Pan-Tech farm
Comments on Dr. E. N. Jones
Opinion of Dr. R. C. Goodwin related
Dr. Joe Dennis of Chemistry Department discussed
TAPE THREE, SIDE ONE: Career at Texas Tech (continued)
Notes changes in the School of Agriculture (1958)
Dr. Ralph M. Durham’s practice of animal husbandry
Experiences clashes with other faculty members
Cites advantages of bull meat over steer meat
Cattle feeding experiments explained
TAPE THREE, SIDE TWO: Career at Texas Tech (continued)
Dr. Durham’s innovations in animal husbandry
discussed further
Other experiments with cattle described
Lists changes in the Animal Husbandry Department
during the last few years
Mentions committees served on while at Tech
Coach Pete Cawthon recalled
TAPE FOUR, SIDE ONE: Career at Texas Tech (continued)
Tumbling class recalled
Characterizes Tech football teams
Outstanding students listed
New cattle breeds being experimented with in the
Animal Husbandry Department
Mentions outstanding people associated with at Tech
Hostility between Dean A. H. Leidigh and professor
named Bowers described
Participated in the cattle shoot of the 1930s
TAPE FOUR, SIDE TWO: Operation of the cattle shoot program examined
Cites pros and cons of the program
RANGE DATES: 1910s-1973
BULK DATES: 1927-1940